Online again

Our website is online again, though not everything is expected to work 100% until our domain gets directly redirected to it. Here is what happened during the last weeks:

The problems started when my webhost Hostloco upgraded their MySQL database servers. Databases are used to store the dynamic content of a website, for example this news entry. After switching from MySQL 4.x to MySQL 5.x, Hostloco experienced problems with corrupt databases and “rogue” error logs that quickly filled the hard-drives. This caused occasional downtimes and/or the website loading very slowly.

When this was gradually getting better at the end of the last week, Hostloco became the victim of a DDoS attack that completely brought down their MySQL servers.

Being a very small company, Hostloco was not able to move customers to unaffected substitute systems. I do not blame them since their really cheap shared webhosting packet has been very reliable for many years before these problems began. However, with Sandra and Woo having become so popular, the reliability of our webhost is now more important than the price.

Because of this I ordered a new managed virtual server packet at Hosteurope, a mid-sized company which has received very good ratings as a webhost during the last years. A virtual server instead of shared webhosting will also offer additional resources for the future growth of Sandra and Woo regarding its visitor numbers.

Currently there are problems with the update of the DNS entries for Instead of our new IP at Hosteurope, the DNS entries for are still pointing to our old IP at Hostloco. I’m using a local redirect with a .htaccess file to solve this problem at the moment. This is the reason for the strange address in the address bar of your browser.

All my other websites, for example the one for the German version of Sandra and Woo will remain on the old webspace. With two webspace packets at different hosters, there is the chance that one can be used as a backup if the other is experiencing serious problems.

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